• Jan 9, 2008
Best Motoring's Tsukuba shootouts regularly put all the others to shame. Sure, they might lack some of the high-dollar production quality of other motoring shows, but they make up for it with mesmerizing track sessions and entertaining commentary. Case in point, in the recent edition of the Japanese-language video series, they've pitted the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI against the Mitsubishi Evolution X with the five-speed gearbox. But to make it even more interesting, they included the SST-equipped version of the Evo X, an Evo IX MR GSR and the last generation WRX STI. The video shows where each vehicle excels and falters, with a few choice gems coming from the drivers like, "Ohhhh, undudasteero!" and "sido-by-sido."

The results may be surprising, but we won't spoil the ending. Check the video after the jump.

Thanks for the tip Ovidio!

[Source: YouTube via Zercustoms]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      That was great fun! It was nice to see all 5 cars running together - old and new, STI and Evo. I really enjoyed being able to see the differences in the bodystyles of the STI side-by-side. I was also surprised by how well the Evo IX MR GSR did against the pair of Exo Xs.

      Same cars with different drivers on a different track may have yielded different results but the new STI really worked hard for the win this time around.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet video.. I have this track practically memorized from Gran Turismo.. great fun..
      • 7 Years Ago
      What is up with people saying crap about the Best MOTORing drivers? Half of them are Formula Nippon champs, Le Mans/Spa 24h champs, JGTC/Super GT champs, and the other half are right at the same level without achieving that same success (there are only so many good teams after all). Throw the 'amazing' Stig in there and he'd be just at the same level as the rest of the drivers. Tsuchiya and Gan-san (former host, only does the occasional bit for them now due to running a Super GT team for his sons) usually finish right up front because they're used to racing production cars, while all the young guys are used to driving around 500hp, 1100kg GT cars with sequential transmissions and insane levels of aerodynamic grip.

      Yuji Ide was a Formula Nippon and JGTC driver who suddenly got thrown into by far the worst car on the F1 grid with only two tracks on the entire calendar he had any previous racing experience on. What the hell did you expect him to do?

      And Mitsubishi has said from the start that the EVO X would most likely be slower than the EVO IX. The IX was the pinnacle of it's generation, the EVO X is the very first of it's generation, has virtually no power or torque increases but a massive weight increase. The fact that it keeps up as well as it does says enough for it's improved technology. Just it'll take a little while before it becomes the fastest EVO. Same thing happened with the EVO VII, it was slower than the VI, and took the EVO XIII before it got close to the same performance again, and the IX to totally surpass it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i agree! what would happen if we put all Nascar drivers behind the wheels?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't forget that the STIs in that Vid had the high reving Jap spec 2.0 motor - ours get the less manic 2.5
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting video
      Great idea putting the new models against each other and the old models
      I was somewhat surprised to see both of the new evos in last
      • 7 Years Ago
      Any one else want to see Tsuchiya race against The Stig?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy smokes!

      Those EVOs were annihilated! Once again, just like the eclipse, they turned a excellent car and killed it to make it more mature... weak sauce.

      First the Gt500 and then this--STi looks better and better I say...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the video says quite a lot:

      The new Impreza STi is fast. Very fast. It has the edge over the new Evo in power and weight. The lighter weight translates to better braking as well. It seems to handle the Tsukuba circuit better than the Evo X. Motor Trend tested both cars at Buttonwillow though, and even though on paper the STi took all the impressive wins... 0-60, 1/4 mile, slalom and braking... the Evo X still beat it by a full second around that particular track proving that it is indeed a more capable handling machine. It all depends on which track these cars do battle.
      The old Evo IX was always a screamer. Brilliant machine. (I have one so I don't mind sounding biased) and it too seems to handle Tsukuba very, very well. I think in the end the newer Evo's (5MT) biggest enemy was it's extra weight. You could see it understeering more and more as the session wore on... prob'ly harder on it's tires, and the old IX seemed to have the edge o the straights as well... similar power and less weight explains that I think. I think a showdown between both IX and X models on a different track might yield different results also, tipping the balance to the X early on if the track is twistier.
      The New Evo X SST needs a lot more work... It's not ready for prime time yet. On paper, it should be at least faster than the manual tranny equipped Evo X, with it's quick shifting dual clutch 'box.
      My two cents.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anybody catch that Tsuchiya was using the e-brake through the turns? That's not even technically the fastest way around the track. That man is ridiculous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am actually trying to contact Damon Lavrinc. If this is Damon from Wesminster, CO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome clip! Doesn't get much better than this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        indeed...but wouldnt have made more sense to run them one at a time and get the best lap time?

        either way, if it's my money im spending, you'll still find me at the Mitsu dealership. Just cant live without those looks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Didn't they qualify and line up on the grid accordingly?
      • 7 Years Ago
      AWD driving lines are so weird, just tuck inside and let the all wheel drive traction rocket you out!

      so weird lol
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